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NaNoWriMo 2010 Has Begun

November 1, 2010 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill
last modified November 1, 2010

The National Novel Writing Month—NaNoWriMo—has begun.

What is NaNoWriMo? It’s a month of writing like a mad person, getting words to a story down on paper, and aiming for a total of 50,000 in thirty days.

Yep. Write a novel in a month.

You can do it. Yes, you can write 50,000 words in a month. That’s less than a chapter a day.

The folks at NoNoWriMo are encouraging and entertaining—they’ll hold your feet to the fire in the kindest way imaginable. They can give you ideas, tell you where to meet with other NaNoers, inspire your weary brain.

If you need a spur to write something new, if you want to have some fun, if writing is a chore or moving too slowly or is just plain boring, join NaNoWriMo and go after a story with zeal.

Reminders of how to succeed with NaNoWriMo:

Write every day

Turn off your self-editor

Have fun

Expect to write something exceptional

Expect to write something lousy

Know that you won’t write every day

Don’t yell at the spouse, the kids, or the dog if they interrupt your creative flow

Did I say have fun and shut off the self-edit witch? Just write. And write some more. And then add a little bit more.

By the end of the month, you’ll have a start on your next story. It won’t be perfect, but face it—not one of your first drafts is perfect. It’s a draft. Let the imagination soar. Be brave. Be bold.

Write untethered and free.

Be a NaNoWriMo winner.


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2 Responses to “NaNoWriMo 2010 Has Begun”

  1. Kat Sheridan says:

    I love Nano. I love the whooshing sound of the deadline as it goes whizzing by…

  2. Beth says:

    You know I’m laughing, Kat. You’ve got days and days yet to write.

    I have written this month. And I kinda like the heroine who’s emerging. This is fun.